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Manchester 17th century trade token

A small token of Manchester's commercial prosperity


Halfpenny trade token of George Booth of Manchester dated 1665. George Booth was a grocer, and was buried on January 28, 1666-7. A wide range of tokens representing a farthing (or quarter of a penny), halfpenny and penny, were issued by businesses at a time of acute shortage of official small change. Manchester as an important town with a thriving business sector issued lots of such tokens but issues of Lancashire and Cheshire are rare. This and many other trade tokens went out of use when the government started issuing official coins of small face value again.